The Paleo Gone Sassy Girl

After going back to work this week, I realized many people did not realize who was behind Paleo Gone Sassy, rather just enjoyed the recipes.  Well, I am a women in my 30’s (yes…I admit I’m in my 30’s now) who enjoys challenges.  I started my nutritional journey counting carbohydrates (my math was (carbohydrates) – (protein and fiber) = less than 5).  As I started this journey my meals consisted of meat, nuts, vegetables and fruit.  I took out dairy and gluten as part of a 21 day detox plan.  In those 21 days, I struggled at the beginning to find energy because my body was craving ‘junk’, but as it progressed my gut was feeling amazing providing more energy to my body and brain.  As I phased out of the 21 day detox, I realized many recipes I was using contained the world ‘paleo’.  This lead me onto a research opportunity.  I read books, magazines and blogs to decide if ‘paleo’ was a lifestyle change my husband and I could make PERMANENTLY.  I do get very frustrated when people call it a diet because we don’t think of this as a short-term concept.  Yes, it is true..the scale will show your hard work, but don’t let it be the only voice.  As I progress, I have lost over 45lbs in the last year and half.  However, I’m at the point where the scale is no longer moving BUT my clothing sizes continue to go down.  Listen to your body and don’t solely rely on the scale.  Once you feel how amazing your body is performing while eating Paleo, you too may never look back.

As we continue to eat Paleo, my body thrives in the gym craving workouts.  Instead of dreading the workouts, I crave them!  I love the challenges and conquering goals I set for myself.  I’ve also made many new friends along this process, which hold me accountable.  However, it took me awhile to find a workout I like.  The training I do is more interval/circuit training.  Some people refer to it as a HIT (high intensity training).  Find a class for you, otherwise you will not stick to it.

I will let you in on a little secret….when I was in my 20’s I couldn’t cook.  I had a small kitchen fire cooking tomato soup.  I think I should explain this….it was my first time cooking tomato soup on a gas stove.  Long story short, tomato soup is all sugar, it boiled over the pot and caught on fire from the cooking flames.  My mother is an amazing cook and my husband use to joke how I didn’t get her gene.  However, with time and patience, I have found it.  Be patient and you may find yours too!  I love looking at ‘unhealthy’ recipes and then making a lot of adaptions for them to fit into my lifestyle.  Some of my recipes come from just staring at the fridge/pantry.  I have found the longer I do this, the less ingredients the better.  Fresh produce gives any meal an amazing taste.

So who is the Paleo Gone Sassy Girl, here she is….

Paleo Gone Sassy Girl

Please note this picture was taken in Banff National Park.  An amazing place to visit!!

 

Paleo Peach Cobbler

We received a few peaches in our crop share box this week.  I wanted to use them up before the over ripe peaches attract fruit flies in our house.  As a child I recall fruit flies always above the peaches and I dislike any kind of bug!  This is a simple Paleo peach cobbler recipe with normal ingredients I have in my house (expect the peaches).  If you don’t have walnuts and pecans, just use a half of cup one kind.  The nuts give it crunch.

This recipe will make your house smell AMAZING!  The smell woke my husband up from an afternoon nap.

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Paleo Peach Cobbler

Filing Ingredients:
3 peaches
1 TBL honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp grass-fed gelatin
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup water
 
Crumble Top Ingredients:
1/4 c walnuts chopped
1/4 c pecans chopped
1/4 c almond flour/meal
1/4 c coconut flour
1 egg
1 TBL honey
1/2 c coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
 
Directions:
1.  Place diced peaches, lemon juice and water in pan.  Continue to add all filling ingredients, except the gelatin.
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2.  Once mixture is soft and lightly boiling, add in the gelatin.  Make sure you stir the gelatin into the mixture and it dissolves.
3.  Take mixture off the heat and pour into a greased pie pan.
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4.  In a new bowl mix nuts, flour and spice together.  Then add in a whisked egg, honey, coconut oil and vanilla. Mix all ingredients together.  It will become gooey. I formed into a ball and then picked pieces off to put on top the peach mixture to create the crumble top. 
5.  Bake in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes.
 
I love to serve this with some So Delicious coconut vanilla ice cream!
 
 
 
 

Paleo Thai Soup

Every now and then I get a craving for Thai.  Today was  a busy day and I decided to do a crock-pot meal.  I love returning home to a cooked meal.  I used what I had to create Paleo Thai Soup.  I love simple and easy…this recipe is just that!  The key to success is to plan ahead!  If you know your schedule will be busy, find a simple meal to make.  I find simple meals often happen in the crock-pot at our house.

I want to share a little crock-pot tip.  I will put my meals in our crock-pot and use a light timer to have it go on and off at the correct time.  I think I picked my timer up for $2 at IKEA.  It is a cheap and easy trick to help make my life easier!

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Paleo Thai Soup

Serves 4-6

Ingredients
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup coconut milk (from can)
2 limes (juice)
2 cups cooked cubed/shredded chicken
1 cup pea-pods (cut ends off)
2 Tbsp Thai red curry paste (you can add another Tbsp if you like ‘spicy’)
2 Tbsp Thai fish sauce
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
 
Directions:
1.  Place chicken broth, lime juice, coconut milk, ginger, Thai paste and fish sauce in crock-pot and whisk together.
2.  Add in chicken and pea-pods.
3.  Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 2-3. 
 *If you don’t have pea-pods in season, I have used broccoli instead.*

 

I have linked the Thai items below.  Please note these are Thai items.  There is also an Indian Curry and they have completely different tastes.

Thai Kitchen Fish Sauce: Thai Kitchen Fish Sauce — 7 fl oz

Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste: Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste — 4 fl oz

 

 

Watermelon Jello

I had a craving for Jell-O after seeing it in the grocery store this week. However, we all know jello is full of sugar and water. As I was picking up my crop share box today, I noticed a nice large watermelon. I was also very excited to see the watermelon had seeds!  A watermelon with seeds is natural, seedless watermelons are hybrid modified.

Then my head got to thinking about blending down the watermelon to water and adding some grass-fed gelatin and I could create ‘safe’ watermelon jello. This turned out great! Needless to say, I de-seeded the whole watermelon and pureed it all in my Vitamix to get 10 cups of ‘watermelon water’. I was hoping to get 3 cups…now I have a few containers of frozen watermelon juice in my freezer for the winter months. When I’m ready to create the watermelon Jell-O, I will defrost the ‘water’ and then mix in the grass-fed gelatin.

Watermelon Jello

Watermelon Jello

Ingredients:
3 cups ‘watermelon’ water
3 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin
 
Directions:
1. Cut watermelon in half and pick out the seeds. Then put chunks into the blender and puree the watermelon.
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2. Once you have 3 cups of watermelon water, put the mixture in a pan to slightly warm it.
3. Add (3) tablespoons gelatin, one at a time. I whisked each tablespoon into the mixture.
4. Move ‘watermelon jello’ into a container to refrigerate.
 
*I placed mine in small containers and I had jello in 2 hours.

You can find the grass-fed gelatin on Amazon: Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin, Kosher, 16-Ounce Can (Single)

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today’s recipe is for coconut flour chocolate chip cookies. I love cooking with coconut flour because of the health benefits. It is a great flour if you are looking to add fiber into your diet.

I get sweet cravings occasionally. I find the longer I am into the Paleo lifestyle, the less I crave things. When I see someone eating something I can’t have, then I tend to want it. Along this journey, I have found to be ready and have a ‘walking refrigerator’ in my purse. Yes, someone has picked on me because I always have lots of safe options in my purse/bag. However, they always smile when I offer them a safe snack. I have found keeping muffins and cookies in the freezer ready to eat is a great option for when I’m craving a gluten snack. For me, gluten tends to flare up my digestive track by cramps and gas. I tend to avoid gluten for my husbands nose!

This recipe I prepackaged without the eggs, milk or butter with our foodsaver. I placed the maple syrup, vanilla and almond extract in a small condiments container and vacuumed sealed it in with all the dry ingredients. You will see the picture below also has our favorite pancake mixture (recipe to come soon). This made for easy traveling packing it away in my checked suitcase.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
1/2 coconut flour
1/4 tsp. salt
4 TBL unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup mini ENJOY chocolate chips
2 eggs
2 TBL maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut milk (or almond)
1/4 cup melted grass-fed butter/coconut oil
1/4 tsp almond extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Prepare your pans (parchment paper/baking spray)
3. In bowl whisk all wet ingredients together (maple syrup, vanilla, coconut milk, butter and almond extract)
4. In separate bowl mix together dry ingredients (flour, coconut shreds, cinnamon and salt)
5. Fold in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Then fold in chocolate chips.
6. I let my batter set about 5-10 minutes to stiffen.
7. Use a TBL to measure each cookie onto the baking sheets.
8. Bake 8-11 minutes.

Enjoy your coconut flour chocolate chip cookies! They go great with a class of coconut/almond milk!!

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UPDATED (10/21):  You can substitute the ‘M&Ms’ (I used Sun Drops) for the chocolate chips.  I also used 1 whole vanilla bean (cleaned out the bean with a knife) instead of 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Interesting Thoughts

This morning I woke up and found an article with interesting thoughts, I wanted to share with you. The article is called, “The Health and Fitness Industry Is Dead (And That Includes You, Paleo)”. Of course the title alone got me interested! I invite you to read the article linked at the end of mine.

This interesting article is broken down into a few subcategories. The first category is called, “It’s time for a revolution”. I STRONGLY disagree with his thoughts on eat less and exercise more. I find I am eating more on Paleo, but what I eat is all natural and fueling my body. I give it my all when I’m at the gym, but I don’t feel I need to go to the gym for longer than a hour a day to burn off food I may have eaten. I use the gym to build muscle strength and tone my body, not in a manner to loose weight.

The next category is called, “Paleo: the revolution that wasn’t good enough”. What is “Paleo”? This is an interesting read because many people try to adapt “Paleo” to fit them. You will find recipes with dairy in them and classify them as “Pale”. Each person has a different definition and it’s important their version of “Paleo” is working for them. The main concept of “Paleo” is eating real food from when caveman were alive.

The next category is called, “The new revolution isn’t about information because information isn’t nearly enough”. Does society set us up for failure? I agree with his comment on ‘anti-foods’, I find easy is almost always an ‘anti-food’. How many times have I been driving and see food signs for different fast food chains, only to have their items placed in a gluten bun or smothered in cheese. I often question the content of their food and what they have placed in them to form a ‘burger’. I love his reference to smoking, as I feel it is a great way to reference ‘food’.

Up next is, “The new revolution is about the psychology of success”. We are not robots and live an unpredictable life. Each person is unique, which is making up 80-20 of their body. The 80% is their history of who they are and the 20% is tangible. Each person will have a different journey and success rate with Paleo based on their 80%.

Are you “The one percent”? Are you the 1% who is making a lasting change? I hope so!! You understand the dynamics and welcome change to eating and your lifestyle. However, in order to be the 1% you have to confront thoughts or feelings head on. You can’t bottle up what is from the past and continue to dwell on it. You need to move forward. I use to struggle with not finishing my plate. Growing up I was instructed to eat what was on my plate. However with time, I have come to realize if my stomach is full then I need to STOP! There is always tomorrow for the left overs (and it makes for a great lunch)!

The summary category is called, “The Weight Loss Trap and Conclusion”. I love how he states you can not heal people with weight loss. Many people believe if you loose weight, you will be happy. However, life will still throw us curve balls and it is how we face those curves which will make us happy. A number on the scale should not matter, yet society is based upon it. As a person YOU need to decide how you feel in YOUR skin. If you need to make changes, find someone who you trust and has knowledge.

I have to laugh because this article references people who need to research and research prior to getting started. I was one of those people a year ago…I purchased several books on Amazon and did my ‘research’. However, in all the books I read they referenced amazing fresh food recipes and finding a trainer whom you could trust. Someone whom is not pushing pills or a program for everyone in the gym, rather someone who will sit down and make a plan for YOU! I have found my amazing encouraging trainer and I encourage you to find YOUR person of knowledge and someone to encourage you!

The Health and Fitness Industry Is Dead. And That Includes You, Paleo.

If you read the article, I would love to know your thought!!